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Five Facts About Veterans and Veterans Day

On this Veterans Day, National Van Lines would like to thank all of our veterans and active members of the United States military for their service to our nation. Please take a moment to thank a veteran today. Regardless of your political stance, we can all agree these people make an incredible sacrifice in the name of Freedom.

Many are surprised when they find out the Department of Defense is our largest client. Active members of our armed forces move when they are called to, sometimes taking up the stressful task of moving on a yearly basis.

According to Trulia, roughly 1 in 12 civilian adults are veterans. These are people who fought in the name of America, who moved their families around the United States, and who sacrificed precious time with their families in order to protect all families in America. We are proud to have met many veterans during their service over our more than 85 years in business. Making sure their moves were as stress-free as possible was the least we could do for these brave families.

There are many organizations who work to honor and assist veterans. If you visit our Facebook page today, you’ll find the story of Jim, the IT Director of our sister company, National Forwarding. A veteran himself, he raises money for Honor Flight Chicago, which flies American veterans to Washington DC for a day of honor and remembrance.

In the spirit of Veterans Day, we’d like to share a few facts about this holiday that honors American heroes.

1. Veterans Day was called Armistice Day

Veterans Day was original called Armistice Day, first celebrated on November 11th, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Armistice means an agreement to stop fighting or truce. After World War II, the name was officially changed to Veterans Day.

2. Veterans Day honors all veterans

Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May). Memorial Day honors those Americans who died in service to their country or as a result of battle injuries. Veterans Day honors all veterans who have served their country in war and peace time.

3. America joined Britain, France, Australia and Canada, who all commemorate their veterans on or around November 11th

4. There is no apostrophe in the official title of Veterans Day.

5. In 1999, the Pentagon announced no new remains of soldiers would be placed at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

In 1999, the Pentagon announced that due to scientific advancements in discovering the identity of soldiers no new remains would be placed in the memorial known as the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

National Van Lines is proud to assist active and veteran military members in any way possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can serve you.

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